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Shizuka Modica

Shizuka Modica


  • B.A., Doshisha University; M.Ed., Harvard University (U.S.A.); Ph.D., Higher Education, University of Virginia (U.S.A.)
  • Certified Coach (ACC), International Coach Federation; Founder, i.m.i. institute, LLC, Charlottesville, VA; Fulbright International Educational Administrator Program Award


I was born in Mie Prefecture and grew up in Kyoto from elementary school. I married to an American while I was a university student. My life in the United States has become longer, and Japan has become a little far away from me. I am happy to have a chance to teach at The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics.

As the world's politics and economy change at a dizzying pace, we are realizing anew how important IT (information technology) is.

In the future, students who have studied IT at The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics will be able to contribute to the global economy in a much larger scale than we, the faculty and staff, can imagine. I am confident that the management and leadership abilities of the graduates will influence not only their own lives but also future changes in the world.

Through my courses 'Organizational Behavior' and 'Leadership Theory', I am looking forward to deepening your understanding of the issues we face in the 21 century, such as the "way the world economy should be", "society, organization, and individual roles and contributions" and "meaningful work". I would like to help build a foundation for applicable knowledge and skills in the rapidly changing international community.

Responsible Subject

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Leading Meaningfully for Sustainable Growth

Field of Specialization

  • Meaningful Work
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Behavior Theory
  • Management Theory
  • Development of Human Resources
  • Theory of International and Higher Education
  • Coaching

Business Performance

She has been engaged in various jobs such as international education, public relations, medical research, teaching, student support, human resources, and leadership development at the University of Virginia and the Japan International University. After obtaining a doctorate degree in higher education, she began to teach organizational behavior, and changed careers from a university employee to a university teacher. Later, she founded the i.m.i. institute, LLC, and teaches at KCGI. She also provides educational programs, coaching, and consulting services focusing on organizational development, human resources, and leadership development.